Historic Hood River
George Castner Ranch
I ran across this last month when I was pruning my fruit trees. I don’t think anyone does it this way anymore! Branches should be able to hold a crop without braces.
This is a W.D. Rogers image. Notes indicate it was the George Castner ranch, owned by the Home Orchard Company of Hood River.
Interesting that the ground is bare but a machine could not get under there.
Chemicals? Surprising that they had not discovered that trimming the tree
Is that a wagon wheel in the background?
People still use props. If you look close when driving by orchards they're stacked against the tree most of the year except for the last bit before harvest.
The Castner Farm was evidently on Belmont. Some history of George Castner.
He was from New York. I wonder how Hood River trees compared to New York apple trees.